After attempts to blame the Church, Lynton Crosby and some vast left-wing conspiracy, for the botched appointments of Ray Lewis and Simon Milton, the Tories are now blaming the law itself.
Speaking to the London Assembly today, Boris Johnson's interim Chief of Staff and one-time Mayoral candidate Nick Boles said that:
"We did the best we could in an unsatisfactory situation with a bit of legislation which was a nonsense. As a result of that nonsense, did we have to take a few corners on two wheels? We did."
But when asked if he had read the relevant legislation he said that he "had not read (the law) nor do I have any intention of reading it."
Asked by Jeanette Arnold why he had not made even the most basic of checks on Ray Lewis's qualifications and background he replied:
"We all knew Ray and believed in him. It didn't occur to us to doubt him."
Boles also said that the "media pressure" had been so high that the need to be seen to be appointing people was a bigger priority than undertaking the sort of "ballbreaking" checks that the assembly were suggesting.
He proposed that a formal transition period should be undertaken between a candidate winning an election and formally taking office.
However, other members of the committee suggested that it was not the system itself that was the problem but the complete mess of it made by Boles and his team.
Because with such a wide-ranging and expensive 'Transition Team' already in place, the appointment of Ray Lewis and Simon Milton could easily have been delayed until all checks had been made.
But with such pressure, as Boles admitted today, to make Boris appear up to the job, these considerations were clearly left to one side. It's just a shame that three months later we are still having to clear up the mess.